Rapid Action Learning Unit Andhra Pradesh Newsletter Issue no. 1
When a Sarpanch leads the way, ODF status is not far away
Sarpanch Katta Muneswar Rao (First from left) of Kappaldoddi Gram Panchayat innovatively built a community-like complex of 20 independent toilets on land previously used for open defecation. He has ensured adequate water supply to the toilets, been an advocate to ensure payments are made, and initiated a loan programme. Read full case study
A gift for my daughter-in-law
Shamshun did not want her daughter-in-law to go through the hardships she went through without a toilet and gifted her daughter-in-law a toilet for her wedding. Read full case study
On 2 May 2016, Dr Robert Chambers, Professor of IDS UK, 32 participants from various institutions and senior officials from Governments of AP and Telangana attended a brainstorming session in Hyderabad organised by WaterAid India on importance of RALU for effective implementation of SBM.
Since SBM's inception in October 2014, 584 gram panchayats have been declared ODF in Andhra Pradesh. SPSR Nellore District celebrated "100 Gram Panchayats Open Defecation Free" on 14 June 2016. Regular field visits by Project Director, SWSM, Hyderabad to monitor progress has helped implementation.
In December 2015 RALU-AP was established in Andhra Pradesh, a joint partnership of SBM Directorate, Department of Panchayati Raj and Rural Water Supply, Government of Andhra Pradesh, WaterAid India and Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA). RALU-AP is managed by PRIA and is playing a vital role as knowledge manager to enable efficient delivery of Swachh Bharat Misson - Gramin (SBM-G) in Andhra Pradesh.